With advancements in technology and design vehicle components are lasting longer then ever. Specifically new serpentine drive belts can last up to 90,000 miles. Since the late 1990s, automotive manufacturers have phased out Chloroprene (neoprene) serpentine belts and are now installing ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM for short) belts on current vehicle models. This new construction has extended the useful life of the belts. Gates, the leading belt manufacturer, suggests inspecting the belt system at 60k and replacing the belt system at 90k.
Transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles. Automotive transmission fluid has hydraulic and lubrication properties as the lifeblood of your transmission. The fluid is constantly exposed to extreme heat and friction. These conditions cause the fluid to break down over time losing its viscosity and lubricating ability. . According to the Automotive Transmission Builders Association (ATRA) 90% of all transmission failures are caused by overheating and fluid contamination. Regular transmission fluid will prevent failure, improve shifting, provide cooler operation and extend transmission life.
#transmission #transflush #automatictransmission
You should never smell raw fuel while driving your vehicle. Any fuel related odor out of the ordinary should be checked out as soon as possible. The first thing you can look at is to make sure that the “gas cap” is fully sealed on your “fuel tank”. Better to be safe than sorry.
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When a cooling system leak is suspected or needs to be identified the technician will perform a “cooling system” pressure test. After a visual examination of the system a precise amount of pressure is applied to the cooling system to simulate operating pressure. While the system is under pressure the technician can identify the cause of leakage.
#coolant #radiator #antifreeze
Why does my air conditioner smell? The most common bad smell from your cars A/C unit is a moldy odor. This is a sign of mildew or fungus is growing in or around the air conditioner. It’s really not that surprising. After all, in addition to cooling the air in your car, air conditioners also remove excess moisture. If it’s not drained away properly, mold may begin to grow on areas with lingering moisture. Something as simple as a dirty filter can cause the smell of mildew. The “cabin filter” in your car should be serviced every 15,000 miles or once a year. During this service the technician can check the “evaporator” drain for proper flow as well.
When do I need get my car inspected? The windshield sticker on all PA inspected cars indicates the expiration date. Did you know that you can get your car inspected up to 90 days early? Even if you get your “PA inspection” completed early the expiration date will still be one year from the expiration date. If your sticker looks like the picture the expiration is April 30, 2016. This can be completed as early as February 2016.
#painspection #inspectionsticker #autorepair
Cooling system fluid or “antifreeze” should be changed every four years or 60,000 miles. The coolant in your engine needs to be flushed regularly because it will have a change in pH level becoming acidic. This acidity will eat away at expensive cooling system components. Regular cooling system maintenance will keep the pH level balanced, extend the useful life of cooling system components, prevent overheating, and prevent contamination.
#coolantflush #antifreeze #coolant
A Road Hazard is damage to your tire resulting from normal driving conditions which renders the tire unserviceable. If a covered tire becomes unserviceable within 5 years we will repair or replace the tire. Tires worn below 5/32, accident damage, maliciously damaged, mechanical failure, neglect, mistreatment and commercially used are excluded. Tire damage due to low air pressure are not covered. Nails, glass and potholes are the most common examples of road hazards.
#roadhazard #tirewarranty #tireprotection
Tire inflation pressure is often misunderstood. The very best source of information is to open the drivers door and read the “tire information placard”. This placard in the drivers door jamb will list the tire size, pressure and rating. Always set your tire pressure when cold.
What is a brake caliper?
A “brake caliper” is a component of your vehicles “disc brake” system. The brake caliper is a hydraulic component that applies pressure to the brake pads against the brake rotor and in turn slows down the wheel and ultimately the vehicle. Brake calipers are situated in a harsh environment exposed to road grime, water dust dirt, and salt with a wide range of temperatures. The caliper is filled with “brake fluid”.
#brakecaliper #brakes #brakefluid